The Film Piracy Unit, a dedicated section of the Met's Economic and Specialist Crime Directorate, is investigating film piracy alongside the UK film and broadcast industry's anti-piracy organisations.
Assistant Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur, who has responsibility for the Specialist Crime Directorate, said: "This partnership launch with Fact provides us with a welcome opportunity to concentrate on an area of criminality which is often regarded as victimless.
"As film piracy is often linked to other criminal activity, we can reduce the negative impact it has on the communities of London by dismantling the organised criminal networks involved."
Raymond Leinster, director general of Fact, added that the Film Piracy Unit will assist Fact in addressing and confronting the threats from organised networks which make significant profits from film piracy.
"To understand the negative impacts on communities and the wider society, you only have to examine the wide range of other criminal activities associated with film piracy, such as benefit fraud, offensive weapons and exploitation of children," he said.
Microsoft comes up with a new way to foist its unloved and little used Edge web browser on people
Facebook suspends Cambridge Analytica following weekend claims that it illegally harvested information from 50 million users
Insider claims Cambridge Analytica used academic app to filch Facebook data of 50 million users
Is the Samsung Galaxy S9+ worth its high price?
STK will sell Wileyfox smartphones and provide support